Brett Helling might have died in February 2015 at the age of 36, but he lives on in both the memories of his friends and family, and in his music.

Brett Helling might have died in February 2015 at the age of 36, but he lives on in both the memories of his friends and family, and in his music.

With the anniversary of Helling's suicide approaching, friends, family and bandmates have organized a two-day tribute show, dubbed Helling Yeah!, which is set to run Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30, at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza. The concert features a handful of Helling's former bands - Winter Makes Sailors and the Kyle Sowashes included - as well as groups made up of friends and admirers, including Bicentennial Bear, the Whiles and Colin Gawel & the Lonely Bones. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Considering how vital music was to Helling's existence, we reached out to a handful of friends and former bandmates to find out what song they most closely associate with him, assembling a Brett Helling mixtape of sorts. Here's what they had to say.

Guided by Voices: "Cut Out Witch"

Whenever I hear "Cut Out Witch," I think of when Brett and the Cabdrivers crushed a rendition of the song at the Treebar's Guided By Voices appreciation night. Bob Pollard and some of the guys from GBV were actually in attendance. After the song, Nate Farley from GBV yelled to Pollard and the packed room: "That was better than we ever did it!" Brett was beaming. –Billy Peake

Tesla: "Love Song"

Anytime I hear the songs that Brett's '80s [cover] band Fisted Mister played, I am reminded of his musical and comedic genius. There is just nothing like witnessing an entire wedding party/reception come to a complete standstill to watch Brett, illuminated by his bandmates' cellphone flashlights, gloriously shred Tesla's "Love Song" with the extended acoustic intro. –Sean Gardner

Alice Cooper: "I'm 18"

Brett told me he always modeled his bass playing on Dennis Dunaway, Alice Cooper's original bassist [so] we'll be playing "I'm 18" in his honor. I think [Brett] was a bit intimidated to follow our previous bassist, Lonn Schubert [when he joined the Kyle Sowashes]. It should be noted that Lonn always admired Brett's playing and thought he did an exemplary job on Everybody. –Dan Bandman

Guided by Voices: "Dragons Awake!"

I played in the Cabdrivers with Brett for a few years. While we shared a love for many bands, one that easily comes to mind is Guided by Voices. When Brett was really sick I offered to bring over my original copy of Bee Thousand to listen to on vinyl, but he said he couldn't find satisfaction in music anymore. My favorite memory is Brett singing lead on our live duet of "Dragons Awake!" at a GBV tribute night. –Chris Bolognese

Two Cow Garage: "Swingset Assassin"

Brett was a huge fan of local music. We were both fans of Two Cow Garage. Our shared love of the band intensified after a random open mic night at Tree Bar when we saw Micah Schnabel perform an unbelievably powerful and raw solo acoustic version of "Skinny Legged Girl." We both immediately bought Speaking in Cursive, devouring the album and comparing notes along the way. I was honored to have Brett ask me to sit in with the Cabdrivers for a show several years ago, and when we started thinking of covers to perform together we settled on "Swingset Assassin." [We] gave a pretty good performance, if I do say so. I always think of Brett when I hear Two Cow, and "Swingset Assassin" in particular. –Matt Price

Spin Doctors: "Two Princes"

There are several songs that remind me of Brett … [but] I'd have to settle on "Two Princes" by the Spin Doctors. It reminds me of being on tour, and for some reason Brett and I were talking about that song - I have no idea why. All I remember is Brett busting into that scat part in the middle: "De dibby DIP di di dip di dip di dubba dubba dubba dubba dubba dubba dubba dubba dubba." It had me rolling. It was funny for DAYS. Whenever I hear that song, I do think of Brett. –Kyle Sowash

John Mayer: "No Such Thing"

For a split second I was going to pick my favorite track from the album We Were Born in a Flame by Sam Roberts, which Brett thoughtfully burned on CD for me (it turned out to be one of my all-time favorites). But nope, it's gotta be that damn John Mayer hit where he belts out, "I wanna run through the halls of my high school/I wanna scream at the top of my lungs!" That is what Brett brilliantly named our night badminton duo, and we sang it as we ran onto the court. –Mollie Gardner

Guided by Voices: "Drag Days"

When we (the Cabdrivers) were prepping for the yearly GBV tribute show, I remember letting Brett know that I wasn't too familiar with [the band's] whole catalog. A couple days later he handed me an epic mix of his favorite GBV songs with notes scribbled all over the face of the CD. It was something that he definitely took a lot of time creating. "Drag Days" was one of the first tracks on that mix, and one of the songs we ended up playing that year. The vocals on the end of that song really open up, and I remember Brett totally nailing it. It still gives me chills when I hear that song. –Nicholas Nocera

Neko Case: "That Teenage Feeling"

Brett was a good friend to me from the moment we were introduced, about 15 years ago. We were super tight in early 2006 when Fox Confessor Brings the Flood came out. We both got into the album around the same time, and I don't know why I was so surprised to find out that his favorite track was the '50s pop ballad "That Teenage Feeling." The song is both wistful and optimistic, much like Brett's tender heart. –Laddan Shoar